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Saturday, November 29, 2014

From the last week

Everything else that's been going into my mouth, plus some other things going on in my life:

                                         Juice I'm drinking (on the train), plus Crass patch

Okay so I was stuck in Jersey one night and got lost coming to work the next morning and ended up confused on Wall Street and had no food to eat at work, that was all a mess. But I did wander to the West Village when all was sorted out and get this lunch out of it all - curried chickpeas, raw kale salad, marinated carrots, and a slab of pesto tofu under it all. This is from LifeThyme's salad bar.

                                                             I also got a cookie.
The one good thing about being at my friend's place in Jersey was meeting this most beautiful dog!!! He was so chill and well-behaved, and I'm not usually a dog person at all.

Been eating lotsa farmer's market apples:
                                   (Lost the other one of these gloves in fuckin Jerz though)
Coffee and a Rising Sun smoothie another morning (well, kinda - it's been a while since I've made one so I'm not sure that's really what this flavor was but whatever)
                      Spinach, banana, ginger, spirulina, tahini, molasses, protein powder
I also made Isa's Sunflower mac again. This sauce is pretty amazing.
                                                 undressed, with kale and mushrooms
                                                   Sauced up, with paprika dusting.

                 A friend also gave me this poster! It's hanging in the kitchen above the stove

Still reading Bad Feminist, here with a seasonal Bell's Winter White beer. Anyone else read this? Thoughts? I'm conflicted, but I want to love it.
Just a funny sticker I saw on the street:

"Always be yourself but if you can be Darth Batman, always be Darth Batman." WORDS TO LIVE BY. That's all for now. Be well.

Friday, November 28, 2014


Happy Thanksgiving! This year's celebration was nice! A good group of people with not too much food, but all of it delicious.
I had coffee at my friend's place this morning, and it's good he makes it strong, because that was all I ate until snacks at my parents' house around 2:30. Well, I did take time to drink cranberry-apple juice with spiced gin.

                                                     nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnice spice
Took some time at first to chill with tha cats. Here's Cicero staring at the squirrels and birds feasting on seeds in the yard.

Chopped and chopped for what felt like forever, drank some water, cleaned a little. Finally it was time for SNAX.
    marinated artichoke hearts, olives, pistachios, plantain chips, pita chips, and guacamole

We all drank a champagne cheers and kept the boozing coming.

Seneca guarding the table.

I made the Mushroom, Brussels, and Barley bowl from Salad Samurai (subbing farro for barley)
I think my mom was a little skeptical of raw Brussels at first (they are tossed in dressing, like a kale salad,) but everyone seemed to enjoy the dish a lot. I came back with leftovers, so I'm excited to enjoy them for a few more days. The mushrooms on top were nicely flavored and chewy.

          Leeks with vinaigrette is the only other dish I got a separate shot of. These were tasty.

 This is my plate - leeks, a fantastic wild rice/basmati rice/roasted chestnut dish, an amazing acorn squash/tofu dish my aunt made, roasted root veggies, and the Brussels sprout salad. There was also cranberry sauce and other sauteed mushrooms to round everything out. Everything was so good.

This is the dessert spread. Apple pie, vegan pumpkin pie (I bought it from Whole Foods,) blueberry pie, chocolate mousse, vegan white gingerbread, and fruit salad way down at the end.

This is the white gingerbread I baked. It's a Hannah Kaminsky recipe that was in a VegWeb collection. There is maple syrup instead of molasses and, actually, more cardamom than ginger. Very delicate and delicious.

 my dessert plate - fruit salad, smushed pumpkin pie (it was okay,) and a slice of gingerbread.

We brought out various liqueurs (the fam is big on digestifs), both homemade and not. This is coffee liqueur from Spain (from my sister,) which was pretty good. I also had a couple shot glasses-worth of a dear family friend's orange moonshine.

Dorothy Parker shot glass! She is my LADY. It's from a set of literary shot glasses my brother bought years ago. Hemingway is in there, and Faulkner, and.... maybe F. Scott Fitzgerald? IN ANY CASE, that settled Thanksgiving into our bellies and beds nicely.
Good night! Hope you all enjoyed your day.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Date with IKEA

Just kidding!!! I can't stand IKEA, but I can't hold off on Pavement references. Sunday I took myself on a lunch date! It was a gorgeous day and I spent a lot of it biking around. I biked out to my folks' house (to help clean for Thanksgiving - didn't get any cat photos, but I will on Thursday) and back. When I got home my roommate and her dude had been cooking and were in the living room, so I kinda wanted to stay out of their hair as well as eat some food without making too much noise in the kitchen. So back out on the bike it was.
I remembered having passed/heard good things about Co Co Lin on Fresh Pond Road in my neighborhood, and it was in the direction I was bike-wandering anyway.

It seemed they were doing fairly brisk take-out/pick up business, but there is also ample seating inside.

As soon as I sat down, the waitress brought me some warm green tea, which was awesome! It was a little after 4 at this point and cooling down. I was considering ordering some green tea anyway, but free is even better.
After briefing looking over the menu, I went with the spicy Ma Po Tofu, which came with a side of brown rice (unpictured.) Usually I like something with more vegetables, but after not eating all day, and all that cleaning and biking, I was huuuuungry. Spicy, warm, and high in protein won out. It was weird seeing meat items listed on the menu before I realized that everything in the restaurant really is vegetarian (and probably mostly vegan seeing as how so little dairy is used in Asian cooking.)

This was really good. A huge serving, too. Soft tofu, nice and saucy - plenty to cover the rice on the side as well. I got a refill of the green tea and really enjoyed just sitting and reading (Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay) and taking my time. I so rarely eat out alone - I rarely dine out in general - but this was a chill atmosphere. The dish was 8 dollars and could easily have been spread into two meals, so it's not all that expensive either. Definitely will be returning.

Co Co Lin
64-19 Fresh Pond Road
Ridgewood, NY 11385
11am - 10:30pm (most days)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fruits of my Labor

A pretty morning moon, before the repetitiveness of the week, and every week pretty much:

Breakfast and snack:

I baked two loaves of spiced pumpkin bread using the recipe in Joni Marie Newman's Vegan Food Gifts, which ended up having a lot of substitutions including for the ummm...pumpkin.

                         Alternate breakfast - GF toast, avocado, black salt, cayenne pepper.

Lunch - spinach, roasted squash, parsnip, raw sunflower seeds with tahini, black pepper, and Braggs.

Alternate lunch: Isa's marinated kale salad with roasted butternut squash and lentils. Love it. The kale marinade has garlic and ginger alongside the usual suspects. I've topped it with cayenne or nooch.

Dinner: Lemon-rice soup, with spinach added, as well as a spoonful of tahini to thicken. Fresh black pepper on top.
What more could anyone want? Variety, maybe. Tomorrow night I should be cooking up some more things.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Prep ---> Soup

Monday was a super productive prep day. Actually, a pretty productive day in general - laundry, cleaning, mucho prep, reading, finished a movie (The Master - have you guys seen it? I know I'm years late.)

                                  DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS? It's satsuma time!!!!

Second breakfast, my favorite leisurely meal. GF toast with cashew butter, banana and cinnamon. Coffee.
Ventured into the rain for groceries.

                            parsnips, carrots, butternut squash, lentils, lemons, Justin's cups

                                  2 bunches of kale, beets, avocado, olive oil. Total: $25.35

                                                              Rainy day pants-splash

Prep center. On the left is Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats from Around the World by Allyson Kramer. The right is Isa Does It. At one point, I had three cookbooks open.

I'll show you the Isa meal later. That night, that cold rainy night, was all about Lemon-Rice Soup from Allyson Kramer.

I've been obsessed with trying this Greek(ish) avgolemono(ish) soup since seeing Gena's adaptation two years ago. I like that Gena's includes tahini but this version was thickened with chickpea flour! Like magic.
Talk to yehs soon.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Here's some more random meals from the last week.

                           Avocado toast on GF bread, with black salt and cayenne pepper

                                            carrot, avocado, rice rolls with sriracha

                                    raw collard, sweet potato, chickpea salad with nooch

 miso soup a lot this week - mushroom, carrot, rice, seaweed, onion, ginger, red pepper flakes

                            raw collards, spaghetti squash, chickpeas, chimmichurri sauce

sesame bagel with tofu cream cheese and coffee from Think for when I'm feeling lazy in the mornings.
Hopefully I'll get into some good cooking projects this weekend. Hope you all had a good week. See you soon.